Wednesday 18 July 2018

Boy and grandfather die after train hits their car at level crossing

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Ryan Hooper

Two members of the same family have died after a car was struck by a train at a level crossing in the UK

British Transport Police (BTP) said the duo - a 15-year-old boy and his 72-year-old grandfather - were travelling in a car when the collision happened, at Barns Green in Horsham, West Sussex at around 8.45am on Saturday.

It is believed the victims were travelling to a football match.

Officers from BTP attended alongside colleagues from Sussex Police and paramedics.

No one on the train was reported injured.

Detective Inspector Brett Walker from BTP said: "This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

"Our officers have been working at the scene, and will continue to do so for the rest of the day, to ensure we gain as much information about how the collision happened.

"People should expect some disruption to services in the area while we investigate. I would like to thank the community in Barns Green for their support and patience.

"Local people will see more of our officers in the area throughout the day and I would urge anyone who saw what happened, or feels they may have any information which would be relevant to our investigation, to contact us."

Anyone with info can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 reference 146 of 17/02/18 or text on 61016.

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